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The Sporting News announced that Miller Park has been voted the Best Ballpark in their online poll of baseball fans. The home of the Brewers, which was seeded number 12 at the outset, eventually defeated second seed Fenway Park to take the title after a series of match-ups in a tournament-style contest.
The tournament was held online at SportingNews.com and was based on the rankings of the home fields of all 30 Major League teams by M.E. Anderson, founder of the Twitter account @MLBCathedrals. Based upon those rankings, two 15-team brackets representing the American and National Leagues were created. Readers voted round-by-round until each bracket was left with one team.
Miller Park faced a tough battle in the first round, squaring off against Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies. The Brewers’ hometown field defeated Coors Field and then went on to best San Diego’s Petco Park in the second round. Miller Park downed division rivals Pittsburgh’s PNC Park to move into the finals of the National League bracket against the World Series-champion Giants AT&T Park.
After successfully winning the National League bracket, Miller Park was pitted against Major League Baseball’s oldest stadium, the highly-acclaimed Fenway Park, in the finals. After several days of voting, Miller Park was declared the victor earlier today.
“We are thrilled that Miller Park has been voted as the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues in the Sporting News Ballpark Bracket,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The fans’ opinions are our ultimate report card, so prevailing in this fan vote means a great deal to our organization.”
This is not the first time that Miller Park has been deemed the Best Ballpark in the Major Leagues through a tournament-style bracket. In 2012, Miller Park won ESPN’s Battle of the Ballparks Bracket in a similar fan vote contest.
Earlier this year, Miller Park also earned honors in ESPN The Magazine’s annual “Ultimate Standings: Fan Satisfaction Rankings. Fans voted the stadium experience at Miller Park the 10th-best overall out of 122 professional sports franchises (MLB, NFL, NBA and the NHL) included in the survey.
Thank you to those who voted to help make Miller Park #1!
Today we announced the promotions of three front office staff members to director-level positions in the organization. Individuals promoted include Jeff Harding, Chris Kimball and Tai Pauls.
“Jeff Harding, Chris Kimball and Tai Pauls are all key members of our business operations team,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Jeff has played an important role in many design elements that are part of the Brewers brand, while Chris has been a key contributor to our sales efforts that have averaged over 2.8 million tickets sold over the last eight years. Tai has been instrumental in managing Miller Park activities, including concerts, marathons and special events through Brewers Enterprises. We congratulate each of them on their promotions.”
Harding, who is entering his eighth season with the Brewers in 2015, has been promoted to director – creative design and strategy. He joined the organization in 2008 as graphic designer and most recently held the position of senior graphic designer.
A native of Neenah, Harding graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in art with a concentration in graphic design. He is actively involved with the Boys’ & Girls’ Brigade youth organization in Neenah as a volunteer leader and camp director at Camp Onaway in Waupaca. Jeff resides in Waukesha with his wife, Kristin.
Kimball, who enters his 15th season with the organization, has been promoted to director – group ticket sales. He previously served as senior account executive – ticket sales (2001-10) and senior manager – ticket sales (2010-14).
Kimball graduated from St. Norbert College with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. A native of Wausau, he currently resides in West Allis.
Pauls has been promoted to director of Brewers Enterprises. Pauls, who joined the organization as a stadium operations intern in 2005, worked full-time in the ticket sales department in 2006 and then transitioned into the suites department as manager of suite services. She joined Brewers Enterprises in 2008 as manager of special events.
Pauls graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside with degrees in sports management and fine arts. A native of Milwaukee, she currently resides on the East Side of Milwaukee with her husband, Andrew, who works for the Brewers as senior director of corporate marketing.
In addition to 20 All-Fan Giveaways announced earlier this week, today we added another benefit to enhance the Miller Park experience for Brewers fans in 2015. The Brewers Postgame Concert Series Presented by Miller Lite will debut during the 2015 season, and will feature concerts performed by three nationally-acclaimed touring acts following three weekend games at Miller Park.
The schedule includes concerts after the Friday, May 29 game vs. the Arizona Diamondbacks; the Saturday, June 13 contest against the Washington Nationals and the Saturday, August 15 game against the Philadelphia Phillies.
“We survey our fans often, and one idea that is frequently referenced is the creation of a concert series following games,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “Miller Park is a great option for major concerts, so we know this will be terrific added value for Brewers fans in 2015.”
All fans who purchase tickets to one of the three games will automatically have access to that night’s free postgame concert. Single game tickets will be priced according to the Brewers demand-based pricing model, and will be available when 2015 single game tickets go on sale.
Further information regarding the artists that will perform in the inaugural series, plus a special, limited offer for holiday shoppers, will be announced later this month.
Season ticket packages including the three postgame concerts, Opening Day and all 20 of the All-Fan Giveaways are on-sale now. For additional ticket and other info, fans can call (414) 902-4000 or visit Brewers.com.
Prior to tonight’s contest against the Chicago Cubs, Jonathan Lucroy was named the 2014 “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year.” The award honored Lucroy who was voted as the Brewers player that best personifies the characteristics of hard work, a positive attitude and an aggressive approach to playing the game as voted on by fans, media members and We Energies.
Bert Garvin, We Energies Senior Vice President of External Affairs, presented Lucroy the award in a ceremony prior to the first pitch against the Cubs. The ceremony also featured members of the Brewers organization including Manager Ron Roenicke, President of Baseball Operations/General Manager Doug Melvin and Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. Debbie Krahn, winner of the “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year Grand Slam Prize” was also present.
The Brewers catcher received 43.42% of the total vote after a spectacular season. The five year veteran recorded career-highs in games played, hits, runs, doubles and walks. He appeared in his first All-Star Game, becoming just the second Brewer in franchise history to start behind the plate in the game. Lucroy went 2-for-2 with two RBI doubles in the Midsummer Classic. In addition, Lucroy currently leads the league with 52 doubles and looks to become the first primary catcher in modern MLB history (since 1900) to lead his league in doubles. Lucroy joined Lyle Overbay (53 in 2004) and Aramis Ramirez (50 in 2012) as the only Brewers with 50-double seasons.
Last year’s “We Energies High-Energy Player of the Year,” Carlos Gomez came in a close second, recording 40.76% of the total vote. Other past winners include Ryan Braun (2008 and 2012) Nyjer Morgan (2011), Rickie Weeks (2010), Craig Counsell (2009), Prince Fielder (2007) and Bill Hall (2006).
DraftServ Units to be Introduced at Miller Park; New Technology Allows Fans to Pour Their Own Beverage
Today we announced the installation of two brand new DraftServ machines at Miller Park. After making its Major League debut at the 2014 MLB All-Star Game in Minnesota, the self-service beverage dispensers will be rolled out at Miller Park tonight prior to the 7:10 p.m. game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Fans 21 and older will be able to purchase a $15 or $25 card that will act similar to a credit card. Fans can use their card on one of two machines and can pour up to 24 ounces of beer in a single cup. Beverages available include Miller Lite, Miller High Life, Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy, and Redd’s Apple Ale.
There is a maximum of two drinks per person per transaction, and fans using the service will need to show their proof-of-age when they purchase the cards and again when they access the DraftServ unit.
Miller Park will become just the second Major League Baseball stadium to feature DraftServ units.
“We are always looking at the latest conveniences for fans as we add to the Miller Park experience,” said Rick Schlesinger, Brewers Chief Operating Officer. “The DraftServ technology is new to sports venues, and we are excited to be among the first organizations to bring it to a wide audience.”
The DraftServ units will be located behind section 127 near the Big B’s Diner on the third base side.
Today, we announced that we have formed the “Brewers Creative Council,” a team of young professionals who will work with the organization to collectively evaluate and create new promotional ideas and marketing strategies for the organization.
A key focus of the council is to target a younger demographic of Brewers fans and potential Brewers fans.
“The best ideas sometimes come from outside sources,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “The Brewers Creative Council will give us the opportunity to learn from a diverse group of fans as we continue to enhance the Miller Park experience.”
I’m proud to tell you that I am heading up this group of talented individuals who will meet regularly to share ideas that will be developed into new concepts. They are:
Josh Derouin, Manager of Marketing Systems at PKWARE; Joel Tilleson, Associate Attorney at Falk Legal Group; Kathryn Reinardy, Digital Communications Manager at the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Andy Nelson, Public Relations Director at Pabst Theater Group; Lauren Hill, Director of Telefund at UW-Milwaukee; David Cohn, Director of Member Services and Communications at Wisconsin State Golf Association; Tarik Moody, Digital/Online Community Manager and Music Host at 88Nine RadioMilwaukee; and Arthur Ircink, Owner/Executive Producer of Wisconsin Foodie.
In preparing for the possibility of October baseball, the Brewers are now offering four options to secure tickets to Brewers Postseason games at Miller Park.
“The demand for Postseason tickets in 2008 and 2011 far exceeded the supply, and we expect that to be repeated this year,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “While current Season Seat Holders already have guaranteed rights to Postseason tickets, we are now offering a limited opportunity for all fans to purchase tickets and secure their seats in Miller Park for October.”
1) The first option is for fans to purchase a 10-Game Fan’s Choice Plan for the 2014 season and place a full season deposit for 2015. Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ALL 2014 Postseason games at Miller Park, including the World Series. Fans would select their desired seating category for the 2015 season and submit a deposit to qualify. The cost of the 10-Pack plus the required deposit for Field Level is $1,920 per seat and Loge/Club Level is $1,340 per seat.
2) The second option is for fans to purchase a 10-Game Fan’s Choice Plan for the 2014 season and place a 20-Game deposit for the 2015 season. Those who choose this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to all Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS games at Miller Park. Fans would select the desired seating category for the 2015 season and submit a deposit to qualify. The cost of the 10-Pack plus the required deposit for Field Level is $920 per seat, Loge/Club Level is $740 per seat and Terrace Level is $430 per seat. Note – only 20-Game set plans are available for 2015 through these deposits (no Fan’s Choice Plans).
After Sunday, August 24, the 10-Game Fan’s Choice for 2014 is no longer available and the deposit amounts for 2015 Full-Season and 20-Game Plans increase.
3) As a third option, fans can put a full season deposit down for 2015 (after August 24). Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to ALL 2014 Postseason games at Miller Park. The required deposit per seat is $3,000 for Field Level, $2,000 for Loge/Club Level, and $1,000 for Terrace Box seating.
4) The fourth option is to place a 20-Game deposit for the 2015 season (after August 24). Fans who select this option will be given the opportunity to purchase tickets to all Wild Card, NLDS and NLCS games at Miller Park. The required deposit per seat is $800 for Field Level, $600 for Loge/Club Level, and $300 for Terrace Level. Note – only 20-Game set plans are available for 2015 through these deposits (no Fan’s Choice Plans).
Fans interested in these options can visit Brewers.com or call 414-902-4487 (HITS). There are 19 regular season games remaining on the home schedule, including three All-Fan bobblehead dates and Fan Appreciation Night presented by Chevrolet on Saturday, September 27.
Milwaukee Brewers reliever Jim Henderson is on the disabled list, and so is the truck delivering his Bobblehead.
Tomorrow is the “All-Fan Jim Henderson Bobblehead Day,” but due to mechanical issues, the truck may not arrive in time for the items to be distributed. If the items are delayed further, fans will need to hold on to their ticket stub to pick up their Bobblehead on a later date. Specifics on the delayed distribution will be announced tomorrow, if necessary.
“We are hopeful that the Bobbleheads will arrive in time, but we wanted to communicate in advance the issues with the transportation so that fans are prepared when they arrive at the game tomorrow,” said Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger. “We appreciate everyone’s patience and apologize on behalf of the transportation personnel who are bringing the Bobbleheads to Milwaukee.”
Today, prior to and during the Brewers vs. Mets game, we are hosting a special “Brewed For Her” event in the Gehl Club at Miller Park, an event geared toward women showcasing multiple products that are sold in the Brewers Team Stores, along with fashion tips, and interactive beauty stations highlighting new Brewers hair and nail accessories.
The event began at 2:30 p.m.today, 2 hours before gates opened to the general public. This allowed attendees to time to shop the stores, visit vendor booths, and take part in additional activities before the game began. Over 30 vendors participated in this event and attendees received a special 20% savings on merchandise purchased during the event.
Gone are the days of wearing men’s t-shirts to games and ill-fitting tank tops. The Brewers Team Store is chock-full of a variety of gear to suit any woman’s taste and almost any occasion such as attending a game, working out, or just being a weekend warrior.
Here are a just a few photos of some of the offerings on display at Brewed for Her:
And, speaking of the Brewers Wives, did you know they have their own line of clothing from Majestic Threads, made with Swarovski rhinestones. A portion of the proceeds from these items goes to the Brewers Community Foundation.
Hank the Ballpark Pup was also on hand for a special meet and greet with the fans.
In addition, attendees could enjoy a beer and wine tasting and beauticians were on hand during the event to offer advice and give demonstrations–the station to have your nails painted and/or hair styled with purchased Brewers accessories was very popular.
Attendees also received a Brewers vs. Mets game ticket in the upscale Gehl Club at Miller Park, which included Hors d’oeuvres such as Roasted Chicken Crisps and Caprese Skewers; an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring a special menu that included Shrimp Scampi, a variety of salads and main courses of Prime Strip Loin, Chicken Stir Fry and Lamb Osso Buco; and two complimentary beverages.
Each attendee also left with a special Brewed for Her swag bag containing a variety of items; items varied in each bag, but here’s a sample:
Kudos to Jill Aronoff, Chris Barlow and all of the staff that helped bring this event together. This was the second year of the event and they really set the bar high for any events like this in the future!
CHIVAS GUADALAJARA AND SWANSEA CITY A.F.C. PROFESSIONAL SOCCER MATCH AT MILLER PARK LESS THAN THREE WEEKS AWAY
“Futbol Fever” is spreading across the globe as the World Cup matches heat up; and this year, support is especially fervent in America as the U.S. Men’s National Team advances to the knockout stage.
We’re very excited to cheer on USMNT again next week, and with that, we’re especially excited that, this year of all years, we’ll be hosting the first-ever professional soccer match at Miller Park, giving fans a chance to watch the sport, at one of its highest levels, in person.
On Wednesday July 16, we’ll host popular Mexican soccer club C.D. Guadalajara, affectionately known throughout the world as Chivas, and Swansea City A.F.C of the English Premier League. Presented by Miller Lite, the event is part of the Chivas’ annual U.S. Tour, which includes four matches against some of the best teams from top soccer nations – Brazil, England, Germany and Mexico
One of the most historic and successful clubs in Mexico, Chivas has captured 11 First Division titles in Liga MX and has raised two Copa México trophies. Additionally, the 108-year-old team is the only club in Mexico to exclusively field Mexican players, a concept that has made Chivas a steady contributor of players to the Mexican National Team. Standout players include Omar Bravo, Jesus Aldo DeNigris and Rafa Marquez Lugo. The team is managed by Carlos Bustos.
Established in 1912, Swansea City became the first Welsh team to play in the English Premier League after earning promotion in 2011. In 2013 they won the Football League Cup Final, which earned them a spot in the 2013-2014 UEFA Europa League. Swansea finished in 12th place in the EPL in the 2013-14 season and is led by Manager Garry Monk.
To preview this event, we held a press conference at Miller Park today with Chivas, who was represented by World Cup legend and current Chivas Sporting Director Juan Francisco “Paco” Palencia. From the Brewers end, Paco was joined by Brewers Chief Operating Officer Rick Schlesinger, Vice President – Brewers Enterprises Jason Hartlund and Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo.
“We’re very excited to talk about this great match, with what’s going on in the World Cup and the excitement in the United States. Since the U.S. has advanced to the round of 16, I think the level of interest in soccer locally and nationally is probably the highest it’s ever been,” said Rick Schlesinger.
Jason Hartlund noted that his group, Brewers Enterprises, which is responsible for non-game day events at the ballpark, has been trying to secure a match of this nature for the past two years. Finally, this year, the baseball schedule coincided with that of Chivas’ tour.
“Whether it’s an international soccer match, or concerts, or a religious convention, which we had last weekend, Miller Park is clearly more than just baseball, so we are always looking to have new and exciting events,” Jason said.
Paco, who Rick referred to analogously as either the Robin Yount or the Paul Molitor of Mexican soccer, spoke next. “We are very excited to come here and play the first-ever soccer match at Miller Park,” he said.
“We have to thank all the fans who are supporting the event…we take (the match) very seriously because it is a huge event for us.”
Paco mentioned that when he was a child, he was a baseball fan and had started to play the sport along with soccer; however, he decided to continue on with soccer.
Brewers pitcher Yovani Gallardo, who is from Mexico, had the opposite experience. Like Paco, he grew up a fan of both sports and had played them both through high school, when he had to decision. Fortunately for Brewers fans, he chose baseball, but he still follows soccer closely.
“It’s pretty exciting for all of us. Hopefully we have the support from everyone in Milwaukee and show both of these teams the love that everyone has for soccer here in Milwaukee…. It takes a lot of talent for those guys to go out there and run for 90 minutes and do what they do with the soccer ball. I have a lot of respect for those guys and it is going to be an exciting game,” he said.
“I enjoy watching games, especially an event like this whenever i have the opportunity to be there live, and watch a game….If I’m able to do it, I’ll be there,” Yovani said.
The Brewers presented Paco was with his own jersey and in turn, Rick, Jason and Yovani received Chivas jerseys as well.
Paco will also throw out the honorary first pitch later that evening when the Brewers take on the Colorado Rockies.
“I’ve never been in a professional stadium before,” Paco said. “Maybe Yovani can warm be up a little before the game.”
Following the conference, Paco and Yovani went out onto the field, or pitch, depending on how you look at it, to have a little fun and Yovani and Paco did get to toss both a baseball and a soccer ball around together:
Tickets are still available for this unique event, which is less than three weeks away. Prices range from $25 – $70 and parking is $20 in advance and $25 on the day of the match. Tickets are available online at brewers.com/soccer, in person at the Miller Park Box Office, and by phone at (414) 902-4000.
The pitch will be laid out in an east-west orientation with one goal in left field and the other goal near first base (see below). The match will start at 8 p.m. and the gates to Miller Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Parking lots will open at 5 p.m.
You can watch scenes from the press conference here:
8pm CT Update: Check out Paco’s pitch here: